What Are Partial Dentures?

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Commonly known as false teeth, partial dentures are dental prosthetics designed to fill space or gaps created by missing teeth. They provide both functional and cosmetic benefits, offering patients a comprehensive solution to restore oral functionality and bolster self-confidence.

Functional Restoration and Aesthetic Enhancement

Partial dentures help restore chewing function, improve speech, and maintain the alignment of the remaining natural teeth by preventing them from shifting into the gaps left by missing teeth.

They are made of gum-colored bases that hold replacement teeth that attach to the adjoining natural teeth by way of clasps, also called precision attachments. This allows them to blend in with the natural teeth around them seamlessly and gives you the confidence to smile again.

Types of Partial Dentures

The base of the partial dentures includes a framework that is made from either a low-irritant metal, such as titanium or cobalt-chromium or a metal-free alternative, such as a high-performance polymer, like acrylic. 

Below are two options to consider if you’re contemplating partial dentures to enhance your smile:

Metal Framework Partials

A set of partial dentures with a metal frame typically incorporates clasps that attach securely to existing natural teeth. These clasps ensure stability, instilling confidence and comfort.

While they are intended to provide maximum stability, it’s natural for there to be a minor degree of movement. Even after they are securely clasped in place and your gums and bone tissue have adjusted to them. Overall, there’s no need to be overly concerned about this slight movement.

However, if you experience discomfort or the movement is causing any issues with regular oral activities such as eating or speaking, it’s important to consult a professional. They can provide guidance and adjustments to ensure your comfort and functionality.

Removable Acrylic Partials

Modern partial dentures often consist predominantly of acrylic. Like their metal-framed counterparts, these removable acrylic partial dentures include wire clasps that anchor onto existing teeth. 


They are also cost-effective and offer an economical alternative to metal-framed options. Additionally, they can serve as interim or transitional dentures if future cosmetic dental procedures are planned. 


There are pros and cons to each kind of partial denture. Ask a qualified professional to help determine which one is right for you.

How to Properly Clean Partial Dentures

Maintaining optimal care for your partial dentures is vital for comfort and longevity. Establishing a consistent cleaning routine, ideally after meals, helps keep them fresh and minimizes wear. 

Remove stains: soak your partial dentures in a denture cleaning solution like Neateeth Extra Strength Denture Cleaner

Brush regularly: using a specialized soft-bristle denture brush aids in thorough cleaning and debris removal

Rinse thoroughly: rinsing under running water ensures any residual cleaning agents are washed away

By cleaning your partials regularly, you can maintain the comfort and longevity of your partials.

How to Fit Your Partials

To create partial dentures, you will initially take multiple mouth impressions to craft a personalized teeth model. This model informs the design of a custom-fit Removable Partial Denture that contours to your mouth’s shape. Initially, you may be advised to wear the dentures full-time to identify and address any discomfort. Once adjustments are made, you can remove them at night.

As the mouth’s shape evolves over time, dentures may become loose and require refitting. In such instances, you may need to purchase new partials to ensure a comfortable fit.

Cost of Partial Dentures

The cost of partial dentures can vary widely depending on several factors, including the complexity of the case, the materials used, the geographic location of the dental practice, and the specific dentist or prosthodontist you visit. In general, partial dentures can be more affordable than other tooth replacement options like dental implants or fixed bridges.

With that said, the cost still ranges from around $700 to $2,000 or more per arch. 

But when you buy direct from a trusted warehouse, they can cost as little as $450.

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